Wednesday, August 2, 2017

What's the Top Most Bestselling Book of All Time

As of this writing, The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown is the number one bestselling book of all time. Likewise, it is the top most bestselling novel of all time. It recorded more than 5.09 million volume sales.

Three Harry Potter novel books by J.K Rowlings ranked 2nd, 3rd and 4th. The 5th place went to Fifty Shades of Gray by E.L. James with more than 3.75 million volume sales.

So, if you want to write a book that can surpass the volume sales of The Dan Vinci Code, you must be able to sell at least 5.1 million copies.

Monday, June 19, 2017

What Is The Number One Cause of Death Globally

CVDs is the number one killer worldwide. CVD is cardiovascular disease. Common cardiovascular diseases are ~
  • coronary heart disease
  • cerebrovascular disease
  • peripheral arterial disease
  • rheumatic heart disease
  • congenital heart disease
  • deep vein thrombosis
  • pulmonary embolism
According to WHO, 17.7 million died from CVDs in 2015. This comprises 31% of all causes of death worldwide. An alarming 7.4 million died of coronary heart disease; 6.7 million died of stroke.

    Sunday, June 18, 2017

    How Many Senior Citizens Are There Worldwide?

    As of 2015, there are more than 900 million older people worldwide, according to WHO. These are people aged 60 years and older. Around 141 million, ie 1 in 6, older people experience some form of abuse: psychological, financial, neglect, physical, and sexual.

    Elder abuse is defined as actions or lack of appropriate action which can cause harm or distress to an older person.

    By 2050, the number of elderly worldwide will reach 2 billion.

    Monday, May 15, 2017

    Who Started Mother's Day?

    Anna Jarvis started Mother's Day to honor her own mother sometime in early 1900s. Her mother was a Sunday school teacher who helped women how to take care of their children.

    Anna Jarvis fought to make Mother's Day a national US holiday. She would sign her name Anna Jarvis, Founder of Mother's Day. She died alone, blind, and penniless at age 84 in a sanitarium. She was single and childless. However, her mother's prayer in 1876 to have a national holiday in honor of all mothers remained true to this day.

    Where Did Mother's Day Start?

    The first Mother's Day service was held at St Andrew's Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia in 1908. The church is now a museum called International Mother's Day Shrine. Two years later, Mother's Day became a holiday in West Virginia. Other states followed soon. In 1914, US Congress passed the law designating the Second Sunday of May as Mother's Day.

    Why Is Mother's Day Celebrated on the Second Sunday of May?

    The second Sunday of May is the nearest Sunday to the death anniversary of Anna Jarvis's mother.

    Earlier Mother's Day in 1600

    In England, Mothering Sunday is celebrated every 4th Sunday of Lent, originally to honor the Blessed Mother, but later celebrated to honor all mothers.

    Friday, April 28, 2017

    Who Wrote The Prayer Hail Mary?

    The first line of Hail Mary, originally in Greek, is a verse from the Gospel according to St Luke 1:28 when the archangel Gabriel announced to Mary that she was to carry the child Jesus.
    Hail, favoured one! The Lord is with you."

    The second line is from Luke 1:42 when Mary visited her cousin Elizabeth. Elizabeth said to Mary ~
    Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.

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    The devotion may have started in 1100s. Christian faithfuls used it as a form of greeting ~

    Hail, full of grace. The Lord is with Thee.

    The tradition of reciting the first two lines with the name Mary added after the word Hail started in the middle of the 13th century in Europe.

    The petition part of the prayer
    Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of death. Amen.

     first appeared in print in 1495. The prayer was written in Latin with the absence of the word nóstrae.

    Sáncta María, Máter Déi, óra pro nóbis peccatóribus, nunc et in hóra mórtis. Ámen.

    In his Cathechism in 1555, St Peter Canisius SJ, a renowned Dutch Jesuit priest, is credited for adding to the Hail Mary this line ~
    Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners.

    In 1566, The Cathechism of the Council of Trent completed and made the prayer official as we know today.

    In Latin ~

    Áve María, grátia pléna,
    Dóminus técum.
    Benedícta tu in muliéribus,
    et benedíctus frúctus véntris túi, Iésus.
    Sáncta María, Máter Déi,
    óra pro nóbis peccatóribus,
    nunc et in hóra mórtis nóstrae. Ámen.

    In English ~

    Hail, Mary, full of grace!
    The Lord is with thee.
    Blessed are thou amongst women
    And blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
    Holy Mary, Mother of God,
    Pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death.

    Who is St Petrus Canisius?

    St Peter Canisius SJ (feast 28 April) was a strong leader of the restoration of the Catholic Church in Europe following the Protestant Reformation.

    How Many Lives Are Saved With Immunisation?

    According to the World Health Organisation, immunisation saves 2 to 3 million lives every year. Between 2010 and 2015, WHO estimated that vaccines saved at least 10 million deaths. The most successful vaccine benefit would be the eradication of polio. As of 2017, Afghanistan reported only 3 cases of poliovirus. Pakistan reported 2 cases. Nigeria so far had not detected a case. In 2014, India was free of poliovirus.

    Friday, April 21, 2017

    Who Is The Sixth President of the Fifth Republic of the Philippines?

    Elected and assumed position on 30 June 2016, Rodrigo Roa Duterte is the 16th president of the Philippines. On the other hand, he is however, the sixth president of the Fifth Republic of the Philippines. The Fifth Republic commenced on 2 February 1987.

    From 1988 to 2016, President Rodrigo Duterte was the Mayor of Davao City. He has been in public office since 1986. He was born in Maasin Southern Leyte on 28 March 1945. A law graduate of San Beda College, he passed the bar examination in 1973. Prior to taking up law, he studied political science at the Lyceum of the Philippines University.

    Who are the Presidents of the Fifth Republic

    6th 2016 - Present
    Rodrigo Roa Duterte
    5th 2010 - 2016
    Benigno S Aquino III
    4th 2001 - 2010
    Gloria Macapagal Arroyo
    3rd 1998 - 20 January 2001
    Joseph Ejercito Estrada
    2nd 1992 - 1998
    Fidel V Ramos
    1st 2 Februay 1987 - 30 June 1992
    Corazon C Aquino

    Wednesday, April 19, 2017

    Who Was The Undersecretary of Trade and Industry Appointed By President Corazon Aquino?

    Then President Corazon Aquino appointed Gloria Macapagal Arroyo as Undersecretary of Trade and Industry.

    What was Gloria Macapagal's career before she became the 14th President of the Philippines?

    She was a teacher.

    Who received the highest votes in the history of Philippine election?

    Gloria Macapagal Arroyo was re-elected as senator in 1995 with nearly 16 million votes -- the highest so far in the history of Philippine election. She also holds the record of having received the highest votes in the history of vice-presidential elections, having received almost 13 million votes. She authored 55 laws on economic and social reform.

    Friday, April 7, 2017

    When Is World Health Day?

    World Health Day is 7 April. This year 2017, World Health Day focuses on depression. Depression tops the list of causes of ill health and disability. Last year, World Health Day focused on diabetes.

    The video that follows is WHO's campaign on how you can help your family and friends beat depression. The campaign is entitled "Let's Talk."

    When Did the First Apparition of Our Lady at Fátima Occur?

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    On 13 May 1917, three shepherd children, namely Lucia (10 years old), Francisco (8), and Jacinta (6), saw a Lady in all white and brilliant than the sun, who introduced herself as the Angel of Peace. The Lady was wearing a white mantle edged with gold, and holding a rosary. She asked the children to pray the rosary everyday and devote themselves to the Holy Trinity. The devotion to the Lady spread as devotion to Our Lady of Fatima - a name added to the hundreds of appellations attributed to Mary, Mother of Jesus.

    When did the Catholic Church recognised the apparition as "worthy of belief?"

    In 1930, the Catholic Church recognised the apparitions and miracles at Fatima as "worthy of belief." This year, 2017, the Catholic Church celebrates the 100 years of devotion to Our Lady of Fatima. The feast day of Our Lady of Fatima is every 13th of May.

    Fátima is a parish in Portugal.

    Saturday, April 1, 2017

    What Are The Events That DOH Regularly Hold?

    The Department of Health holds regularly events every month. The following are the monthly health events and awareness campaigns that DOH has organised and continue to sponsor and support.


    • Liver Cancer Awareness and Prevention Month
    • Viral Hepatitis Awareness and Prevention Month
    • ZERO Waste Month
    • Deworming of School Children, Kinder to Grade 6)
    • Deworming of Pre-school Children and Adults
    • 3rd WeekNational Cancer Consciousness Week
      Autism Consciousness Week
    • 4th Week
      Goiter Awareness Week
    • January 25
      World Leprosy Day


    • Philippine Heart Month
    • Oral Health Month
    • National Health Insurance Program Month
    • National Down Syndrome Consciousness Month
    • 1st Week
      National Health Research Forum for Action
      National Mental Retardation Week
    • 2nd Week
      National Awareness Week for the Prevention of Sexual Abuse and Exploitation
    • 4th Week
      Leprosy Control Week
      National Rare Disease Week


    • Rabies Awareness Month
    • International Women's Month
    • March 3
      International Ear Care Day
    • March 8
      International Women's Day
    • March 24
      World TB Day


    • National Hemophilia Awareness Month
    • April 7
      World Health Day
    • April 17
      National Hemophilia Day
    • 4th Week
      Head and Neck Consciousness Week
    • April 25
      World Malaria Day
    • April 25-29
      World Immunisation Week


    • Generics Awareness Month
    • National Epilepsy Awareness Month
    • 2nd Week
      National Suicide Prevention Week
    • September 10
      World Suicide Prevention Day
    • September 28
      World Rabies Day


    • National Children's Month
    • October 1-7
      National Newborn Screening Week
      Filipino Elderly Week
    • 2nd Week
      National Mental Health Week
      Garantisadong Pambata Week
    • October 8
      World Sight Day
    • October 10
      World Mental Health Day
    • 3rd Week
      Bone and Joint Awareness Week
      Health Education Week
      National Attention Deficit & Hyperactivity Disorder Awareness Week
    • October 15
      Global Handwashing Day
    • October 25-29
      Food Safety Awareness Week
    • October 29
      World Psoriasis Day


    • Filariasis Awareness Month
    • Traditional and Alternative Health Care Month
    • Malaria Awareness Month
    • November 7
      National Food Fortification Day
    • 2nd Week
      National Skin Disease Detection and Prevention Week
    • November 14
      World Diabetes Day
    • 3rd Week
      Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Week
      National Consciousness Week Against Counterfeit Medicine
    • November 19
      World Toilet Day
    • 4th Week
      Population and Development Week
      18-Day Campaign To End Violence Against Women (VAW)
    • November 25
      Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Awareness Day
      National Consciousness Day for the Elimination of VAWC (Violence Against Women and Children, Republic Act 10398)


    • Firecrackers Injury Prevention Month
    • December 1
      World AIDS Day
    • December 3
      International Day of Persons with Disabilities in the Philippines
    • 1st Week
      Ear, Nose and Throat Consciousness Week
    • December 5
      National Health Emergency Preparedness Day
    • 2nd Week
      Linggo ng Kabataan
    • December 10
      National Youth Health Day

    Friday, March 31, 2017

    Who Is The Current Apostolic Nuncio To The Philippines?

    Archbishop Giuseppe Pinto is the tenth and current Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines. Pope Benedict the XVI appointed him Nuncio to the Philippines on 10 May 2011.

    Archbishop Giuseppe Pinto was born in Noci, Itali on 26 May 1952. He was ordained priest on 1 April 1978; ordained bishop on 6 January 2002. Before Philippines, he had become Apostolic Nuncio to five other countries: Senegal, Cape Verde, Mali, Guinea-Bissau, and Chile.

    An Apostolic Nuncio, or Papal Nuncio, is the head of an Apostolic Nunciature. An Apostolic Nunciature is a diplomatic mission of the Holy See. It is like an embassy except that its purpose is missionary, aside from diplomatic relations.

    The Holy See, or the See of Rome, is a sovereign entity headed by the Pope. It governs all the Catholic Churches in the world. The Holy See is not a physical place but like any form of government, it has to have leaders and offices. Officially, its main, top or central office is located in the Vatican City State, which is enclave in Rome.

    The Apostolic Nunciature to the Philippines was established in 1951. It is located at 2140 Taft Avenue, Malate, Manila.

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